This weekend will see the juveniles take over the limelight principally with two long established former group races now listed, the Gino E Luciano Montovani for fillies and the Giuseppe De Montel for the colts. Both races are over 1400 metres and are the first trials for the championship races the Premio Dormello and Gran Criterium. The Mantovani named after Father and son legends of the Italian turf is on the surface at least the more interesting of the two races this year. Two highly promising fillies will vie for favouritism one bred from royalty the other from a humble stallion who is causing a stir with few numbers. Talentuosa (Samysilver – Zamra(Azamour) has been very impressive in her two races winning both easily. On her debut at Florence Germano Marcelli hardly moved a muscle and then in the Premio Boffalora over the course and distance as she cruised home from Kinkawa, Beirut and Berbera. Samysilver was a decent sprinter his best win being in the GP Citta De Napoli of 2011 has had just four juvenile runners in 2022 but all are winners. He stands for a mere € 2000 at the Giudici family stud just outside of Rome.Zamra was a winner over 1600 and 2000 metres and is by Azamour – Deauville Vision a dual listed winner for Mick Halford. By contrast Alloa (Cracksman- Amber Silk) is a half sister to the Frankel colt Vento Di Passione with her dam being a sister to Faraday Light winner of the Irish 1000 guineas and the EP Taylor stakes. The Alduino/Stefano Botti trained filly has run once comfortably getting the better of Kinkawa and clearly has lots of improvement in her. Its far from a two horse race however as the likes of Little Wise Girl third in the Crespi(LR 1200m) after winning in Rome and Cats Kiss another winner at Rome cannot be ruled out. Vincenzo Fazio’s Berbera (New Bay – Rocksavage) is a very interesting runner a half sister to Glen Savage a winner for John Gosden and out of a sister to Nataniel and the Irish Oaks winner Great Heavens. She was a € 52,000 yearling at Arqana and no matter what happens here she surely will be better over longer distances. Talentuosa to complete a hatrick.
The Premio Giuseppe De Montel is named after the owner breeder of Italy’s first winner of the Prix De L’Arc de Triomphe and a key player in the development of San Siro. This years renewal looks like a wide open affair with The Blades (Iffraaj-Impassioned) and Torpedo Blu Tamayuz – Taqleed) likely to dispute favouritism.The Blades from the Alduino Botti stable will have Dario Vargiu in the saddle and is unbeaten in two starts.On his debut over the course and distance he just got the better of Mister Gaetano (Churchill-Hen Night bred by Gigginstown House)and Torpedo Blu. He followed up with another narrow win in the Premio Tramuschio when he looked well beaten a furlong out only for Dario Vargiu to get a tune out of him and he just got up on the line to beat Saputello and Amunini who renews rivalry here. The latter bred by Denis Phelan had previously won over the minimum trip here. Diamond Angel a stablemate of The Blades and Mangiafuoco have both won their only starts but the one who makes most appeal is Torpedo Blu who followed up from his debut with a nice win from Mister Gaetano and Certaldo.
Certaldo (Ruler Of The World- Caveran) was making his debut that day and looks to have a favourites chance in the Premio Pallanza over 1500 metres. EC Racing’s colt is a half brother to the champion Telepatic Glances and should have enough for Anche Meno also placed on his debut. There are some very interesting debutantes in this race but Certaldo to win.
Racing this weekend is at Naples and Follonica on Friday, San Siro and Siracusa on Saturday with Livorno,Tagliacozzo and Merano over jumps on Sunday. A big positive is the numbers running at Tagliacozzo and Follonica with over ten per race for this weekends meetings something that was not happening in the recent past.
On the “Ostacoli” front at Merano two high class animals on the flat continue their new careers. O Juke the 2018 St Leger winner should win again in the Premio Tempo D’Or over 3300 metres. Aurelius in Love winner as a juvenile of the Premio Guido Berardelli(G3) and later sixth in the Derby attempts to follow up his recent win at Maia in the also 3300 metres Premio Boccanegra.